Impressions Of
Rhodes College

Academic Experience

Female English Major C/O 2020

Is there anything you feel the English department does especially well or poorly?
I think one thing I’ve liked about being an English major is how accessible my teachers are. My professors hold office hours regularly, and hold you accountable to attend them with incentives of grade improvement or helpful personal advice. A lot of professors have email policies that force you to go in and talk with them, to develop a relationship. Some of them require you to come in at least twice a semester so you can talk about your work, especially on the creative writing side of things.

How would you describe the learning environment? Is it particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s definitely a collaborative process. My teachers have encouraged group work on revising our thesis, as well as developing paper ideas and running them by groups. You do a lot of revising in class with classmates, which is enticing to me because the more people who look at your paper, typically the better it’ll be.

Female Business and Economics Double Major C/O 2019

Is there anything you feel either of your majors’ departments do especially well or poorly?
I think the Economics department is very personable. I’ve been there for four years, so I know everybody and feel comfortable going to professors and talking to them. That’s also because the pool of students majoring in it is smaller, so it’s more personalized. I also like their simplification of the material.

In the Business department, what I don’t like is it’s not that personable because there are a lot of Business majors. I’m interested in finance, but there isn’t a finance concentration. Because Rhodes is a liberal arts college, there aren’t many finance heavy courses. On the other hand, we have an Accounting Master’s, so that’s also available.

How accessible have the professors in your department been?
They have been accessible in both departments, but my relationship is stronger with the Economics department. They are very willing to let you come to office hours, welcome you to their houses, and answer your emails and the questions you may have about a major, or work after college.

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2021

Is there anything you feel the Neuroscience department or business school do especially well or poorly?
They’re good at helping the students understand the material long term. In the way they teach and the way they expect you to understand the material, you learn it better than you would if you just skimmed the surface. It’s a fairly new program so they’re changing it and there are a lot of moving parts because it’s an interdisciplinary major. There are certain classes that I can’t take next semester because the professor is not here, so they’re still getting things like that smoothed out because it’s fairly new.

How would you describe the learning environment? Is it particularly competitive or collaborative?
It’s definitely collaborative. A lot of us like to study in groups and try to help each other understand things that we maybe don’t get. A lot of people seek group learning. If there is any competitiveness, it’s not competitiveness to beat out another person, it’s more about competitiveness with ourselves and doing the best we can do on the test.

Social Opportunities

Female Psychology and Political Science Double Major C/O 2020

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Rhodes?
We’ll go to restaurants and bars on the weekends, but we’ll also just hang out with friends. I haven’t been to a frat party in a long time.

What are your favorite events or activities in Memphis or at Rhodes?
Rhodes does a good job of bringing in excellent lecturers. It’s fun to go to those.

What’s an alternative to going to a party or a bar that you like for a night out?
I’ve been to the Orpheum Theatre and Playhouse on the Square, where they sometimes have musicals and plays. I’ve also gone to a few concerts while Memphis.

How has identifying as LGBT influenced your nightlife experience? Is there an active LGBTQ nightlife scene?
I don’t know if it has. There aren’t really specific clubs or bars that are specific to the community. It’s pretty much the same because you go to the same places.

Female Business and Economics Double Major C/O 2019

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Rhodes?
It’s a mixture between on campus activities and parties, or going to dinner. I try to get off campus at least twice a week to have a healthy balance.

How happy are you with the weekend activities or nightlife at your school? Is there anything you would change if you could?
To be honest I’m happy, but not extremely happy. I come from a busier place. I think Rhodes has been trying to engage the community by offering free Uber, tickets to the movies, or some other events. This has been great and has gotten people to go out into the city to explore more. Personally, I’m not very satisfied but I think some would be.

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2021

What kind of nightlife or weekend activities do you participate in at Rhodes?
There is also something to do, there are football games, basketball games, trivia nights, and karaoke nights. Greek life is fairly big on campus but that is more laid back, you don’t have to be in a Greek organization to go and you’re not pressured to drink if you don’t want to. It’s a much more relaxed scene than a lot of other schools had. [About 52% of students belong to social fraternities or sororities.]

How happy were you with the nightlife at Rhodes? Is there anything you would change?
Yes, I enjoy it. If I were to change something, I think there should be a bigger outlet for people to do stuff on campus. We have the Lynx Lair, which is supposed to be a hangout space for students, but there are very few things to do in there, so I think they should expand what they have in there.

Campus Culture

Female English Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene at Rhodes?
There are six fraternities and four sororities. Pretty much every weekend fraternities hold events where everyone is welcome, and I’ve spent a lot of time there. People will go to those fraternity parties, and then sometimes we’ll go downtown to bars after. If drinking isn’t your thing, there are definitely other events that people who also don’t drink will hold. Most events at Rhodes are open, and people really advertise their events.

How do you like the size of your school? How has the size of your school influenced your social experience? [Rhodes has about 2,000 students.]
I personally enjoy it, and I think I thrive in it. It’s about five times the size of my high school, and it’s definitely impacted my experience. I’ve gotten to know a lot more people and I can still be a face in the crowd if I want to be. The biggest thing is having the respect from lots of friends, classmates, teachers, and not just being another number.

Female Psychology and Political Science Double Major C/O 2020

How would you describe the overall social scene at Rhodes?
It’s pretty friendly. Greek life definitely dominates it, but it’s not super exclusive. I have a lot of Greek and non-Greek friends. It’s not super cohesive, but it’s also not super cliquey. [52% of students belong to social fraternities and sororities.]

How would you describe the student body?
There’s a sense of wanting to get involved with the community. A typical Rhodes student is serious about school, likes to get involved in the community, but will also party and isn’t hyper-focused on school. [More than 80% of students at Rhodes participate in community service.]

How do you like the size of your school? How has the size of your school influenced your social experience? [Rhodes has about 2,000 students.]
I wasn’t super excited about how small it was coming in, and it’s about the same size as my high school. The social situation can feel like high school sometimes, because it’s so small and you pretty much know everyone, or can at least recognize their name. It’s turned out to be pretty good, especially academically because it offers you lots of opportunities that bigger schools don’t. There are opportunities to work with professors more collaboratively, especially thinking about research. Professors are always available and care about you. Slipping through the cracks is hard.

Female Business and Economics Double Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the overall social scene at Rhodes?
It’s quite diverse. There’s a group for everybody, and everybody is very accepting of different things. It’s quite affected by who you hang out with your first year. They are generally the ones you stick with until the end. I think this is normal.

How would you describe the student body?
Not very diverse, which is understandable for the South. Most people are from Texas, Tennessee, and the South as well. It’s primarily White, but I feel like there’s an increasing effort made by the college to recruit people from different backgrounds. [About 28% of students come from Tennessee.]

How accepted have you felt as a Muslim student on campus and in the greater community?
I’m pretty accepted. I don’t feel there is any hesitation in the sense that people are very accepting of different religions. I’m not really involved with the Muslim Association on campus, but I see a lot of the events they do. I see a lot of students disregarding their own backgrounds to show their support for Muslim students on campus.

Memphis, TN

Pros of

  • “Because of where we are, there are a lot of opportunities for Rhodes students to get involved in the workforce and find jobs for their future selves. There are plenty of companies that are looking for Rhodes kids all the time.”
  • “We’re not in downtown, but you can easily drive or Uber cheaply to places downtown.”
  • “Memphis is a pretty great city because there are a lot of opportunities for young people.”
  • “It’s really cheap to live here.”[Average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in Memphis is about $890 as of January 1, 2019.]

Cons of

  • “It lacks public transportation, so it’s hard for students who don’t have their own vehicle to get around.”
  • “It’s in a really urbanized area, and there’s a lot of poverty around Rhodes. That being said, there are dangerous areas to go to alone, especially as a female.” [The poverty rate in Memphis is nearly 27%.]
  • “There’s not much to walk to around campus.”
  • “We’re on the edge of being in a good side of town and a bad side of town.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Psychology and Political Science Double Major C/O 2020

What is something a prospective LGBTQ student may want to know that we haven’t touched on?
We have an awesome Gender and Sexuality Studies program. I’d suggest taking classes within that program because it’s a way to meet people interested in that kind of thing.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
I would see more Memphis stuff. A lot of the visits focus within the gates of Rhodes, and I think it’s important to get a sense of the outside community.

Female Neuroscience Major C/O 2021

What is something a prospective athlete should know that we haven’t touched on?
Professors are very willing to work with college athletes here when they miss class and when they have things for their sport. Generally, they never hold it against you when you have to extend deadlines on assignments and projects because of your sport.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
It’s a very beautiful campus. You can look at pictures of it, but you don’t get the full breadth of it unless you come and visit. You also don’t’ get the sense of community here if you don’t visit when students are here. I think visiting is really important and helpful getting a feel for Rhodes.

Female Music and Political Science Double Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew about Rhodes before you entered as a freshman?
I wish I knew that you should go talk to your professors. You should make it a requirement for yourself to make a relationship with them because if they know you they’ll trust you when you say you’re sick and you’re not there or if you have to turn an assignment in late they’ll be more understanding. I also wish I knew to be more outgoing to make friends here because a lot of people here are outgoing, so that attitude is helpful here.

What is something a prospective pre-law should know that we haven’t touched on?
My faculty advisor helped me get a summer internship at the district attorney’s office. Even if you don’t intern there, go to the district attorney’s office in Memphis because it loves Rhodes students and you can sit and watch and learn so much. That will also tell you if you want to be a lawyer or not. Also go to the events in the Political Science department, even if they seem silly, because you’ll learn a lot and they bring in good speakers.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Rhodes College

To Attend

  • “The location. Memphis is a big city and there are so many things that you can do and ways for you to get involved in the community.”
  • “The size of the student body because you can be in smaller classes and get more one on one time with your professors.”
  • “The education is incredibly holistic. You get a lot of breadth and depth, which is really nice.”
  • “There are fantastic research and community engagement opportunities.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you don’t like the size of the school. Some people like walking around not knowing or recognizing faces. They enjoy the comfort of being around strangers.”
  • “If you want to be in a huge city. Memphis is big, but if you’re from a Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York, it’ll be different for you.”
  • “One of the biggest pitfalls I hear from other students is that the community is small. Your actions are easily known, and word spreads quickly at a small school.”
  • “If you’re an international student looking for a more diverse student body, or are looking for more international experiences and opportunities, Rhodes might not be the best fit for you.” [Multicultural and international students make up 30% of the Rhodes student body.]
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